Hotline Miami is one of my favourite indie titles ever created. The way the first game mixed lightning fast reaction times with strategic stealth planning kept me on the edge of me seat throughout, punctuated with a dark and mentally twisting tale about answer a phone, driving to an address and leaving no one alive. The sequel looks like more of the same, and it’s out really soon.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will launch on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS3 and Vita come March 10, introducing players to 13 brand new characters to hack and slash with. The game is primarily set in the grungy 90s, highlighting the aftermath of Jacket’s murderous rampage in the first title. The story will be told from various different points of view, jumping back in time at certain stages to flesh out different aspects on crucial events. The game will also be the final one in the series.
Hotline Miami 2 has been at the forefront on some controversy during development, especially concerning the game’s implied sexual assault scene. The scene, which features one of the characters sexually assaulting a women as part of a film, caused the game to be banned in Australia last month. Developers Dennaton Games were quick to point out that players will be given the choice to skip the sequence, and that the assault in question shouldn’t be taken out of context. Hotline Miami isn’t about rape, and that’s certainly not something Dennaton hopes people perceive it to be.
The game is currently up for pre-order on Steam, GOG and the Humble Store, where it’s 10% off up until launch. If you were a fan of the first title, then there really is no reason why you shouldn’t be excited for this. It’s more of the same at the end of the day, and I personally hope the story manages to flesh out some loose ends while still remaining eerie and unsettling.
Are you a fan of the series? Or does the hyper violent nature of it put you off?
Last Updated: February 26, 2015